Old High School Connections
In my mailbox this morning was this exchange from the woman who keeps our high school class connected. She maintains address, emails and is critical for keeping us informed about what’s going on with LSHS Class of ’59. She isn’t too web savvy but she knows how to email. She got this reply from a message about one of our classmate’s recent injury.
>>> Does anyone know how to set up a ‘Group’ in Face Book where we could
>>> share this information instantly rather than sending to Louise and
>>> having her forward to the list?
Louise forwarded the message to me because she knows that I am on Facebook and that I set up a group page for all the classes from the 50’s and 60’s.
> I don’t do Facebook…..if anyone wants to do that it’s fine with me. I would love to
> know how to do a “newsletter” and put out the good and bad news say bi-monthly.
> If you or anyone else knows how to do it, PLEASE let me know – I would love to
> have someone do that! The classes of ’57 and ’58 have one and I love to read about
> our “big brothers and sisters”! Take care. Louise
I have enjoyed the way that Facebook facilitates communication and connections. Over the past few years I have connected with several high school classmates through Facebook. Because it is well designed to facilitate growing your circle of connections, I suggest that everybody needs to have a Facebook presence and connect with people. There are several reasons why this is important. First, we all need social connections and when you get older those connections aren’t so easy to maintain. Second, reconnecting with people who were important in your past is very fulfilling. Third social media can keep you connected when your mobility is limited and gives you an escape from the limitations of reduced mobility. Finally, the web will increasingly become a source of support and information which you will miss if you are not connected.
I am picking up the challenge
I’m going to set up a Facebook page for the Class of 59 and I will offer to help Louise contribute to it but I want to do more. Louise and I will team up to invite every surviving class member to create a Facebook presence and I will help Louise get comfortable with adding content. The goal here is to get 100% participation for the class of ’59 on Facebook. But that is just my challenge.
How about you?
I have one for my readers as well. Here’s what I want you to do.
1. Create a Facebook presence if you don’t already have one.
2. Add your employment, and school information and look at the suggested names of friends
3. Send friend requests to five friends from high school
4. Post something about what you are doing or what you are thinking
5. Report back and leave a comment about your experience.
If you don’t know how to do any of this, leave me a comment and I will help you do it. I don’t think many of you will find this difficult. You may already have set up your presence but just not done anything about it. Do all five steps and then tell me about your experience. And while you are there look me up and send a friend request. Just search for Ralph Carlson